After the international break due to the UEFA Nations League, the Premier League action will resume in October. The forthcoming English Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, October 1, promises to be an exciting one. With 6 victories from the first 7 games, the Gunners have completely controlled the current campaign. When they face the Spurs, they will try to pick up three more points and maintain their leadership position.
This year’s North London derby is especially significant because both sides have big targets for the future, secretly hoping to win the title while competing for one of the top four positions. With just one loss in seven games, Arsenal is in a great position and is in first place in the standings. Tottenham has not lost a single match but is behind by one point. However, the Spurs’ negative score is due to their two ties.
Arteta is attempting to guide his side to a top-four finish for the first time since 2015-16 – but some have tipped them as dark horses for the title after their strong start. The Gunners have recorded wins over Crystal Palace, Leicester City, Bournemouth, Fulham, Aston Villa, and Brentford so far this term.
Tottenham, meanwhile, has beaten Southampton, Wolves, Nottingham Forest, Fulham, and Leicester and drew against Chelsea and West Ham.
Form Guide: Arsenal
Since the start of the current season, Arsenal has only suffered one defeat, a 3-1 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford. They triumphed in every other match, including the away Europa League matchup against Zurich (1-2).
Additionally, the team led by Mikel Arteta excelled, scoring at least twice and occasionally even more. The Gunners currently have a 17-7 goal differential in the EPL, one loss, and six victories.
Gabriel Jesus, a Brazilian striker who joined Arsenal from Manchester City this summer, is regarded as the team’s most important player thanks to his four goals and three assists. He and Martin Odegaard made the ideal team, and the two have been giving opponents’ defenders a lot of trouble.
Form Guide: Tottenham
Tottenham Hotspur had five wins and two draws in the English Premier League without a loss. They have suffered one loss this campaign as well, however, it was against Sporting in Lisbon in the UEFA Champions League, 2-0.
The very next weekend, Antonio Conte’s team destroyed Leicester, 6-2, with Son hitting a hat-trick in a matter of minutes, astounded both the players and the supporters of both teams. However, Harry Kane leads the club in scoring with six hits.
In six of Tottenham’s last seven games, the team scored two or three goals with reasonable efficiency. Due to Conte’s offensive mindset, Tottenham scored twice in every game this season except two. The Spurs currently have Richarlison, Perisic, and several other new forwards, in case we forgot to mention it.
When Tottenham plays the Gunners in the upcoming match, they will look for their third straight victory. With just one point separating them from Man City and Arsenal in third place on the points standings, the Spurs are looking strong in yet another EPL season. The Spurs’ upcoming away game on Saturday will be a difficult task, but they undoubtedly have a chance too.
How the game could go
It is easy to see Arsenal flying out the traps in this one while Spurs are also capable of punishing the Gunners on the break just like Manchester United did. This game should be rich in goals, even though Tottenham likes to lay back and wait for the counter-attacks when playing on the road. Still, a goal on each side should happen.
In their home stadium, Arsenal is a highly formidable team and will aim to dominate the Spurs in the forthcoming match. It won’t be simple, though, since Tottenham has also been playing well. Son’s resumption of scoring makes their assault appear more deadly.
The great transition threat that Conte’s team possesses must be taken into consideration by the hosts, and the quality of Spurs’ offense means that this will be the biggest test for this outstanding Arsenal defense so far this season. They hopefully gained a lot out from the loss at Old Trafford. This is a top-notch contest, and it’s difficult to pick between these two teams.
Arsenal has a lot of injury concerns to first-team players ahead of kick-off and Tottenham has won four of their last six competitive and non-competitive meetings against Arsenal. Arsenal has only lost one of their last six matches in all competitions, so it is more likely that the game will end in a draw. We don’t see any reason to fully back any side going into this fixture as they both have been strong this campaign. With some key players out for both teams already it would be a tough call for managers here today. Both teams are evenly matched at the moment and could play out a draw this weekend. Bet9ja have 3.70, 1xbet have 3.90 and Paripesa have 3.90 odds.
Over 2.5 Goals
We’re expecting goals in this game as four of the last six meetings between these two teams have ended with over 2.5 goals being scored. At least three goals have been produced in each of Arsenal’s last six outings in league and cup while two of Tottenham’s last four fixtures saw over 2.5 goals scored, including a 6-2 victory over Leicester, so you can see why we’re expecting an action-packed 90-minutes in the capital. Bet9ja have 1.67 odds, Paripesa have 1.75 and 1xbet have 1.75 odds.
Anytime Goalscorer (Tottenham)
Tottenham’s forward attack is spearheaded by the English football captain Harry Kane. Kane is having another impressive season as he has scored 6 goals so far. The forward also featured for England during the international break with the team having somewhat of a forgetful performance in the tournament. He has a good record against Arsenal in the North London Derby and we expect him to shine here today. Bet9ja have 2.85 odds for him to score while Paripesa have 2.70.
Heung-min Son has finally got his top form back. His brilliant hattrick in the last match against Leicester City helped his side get an emphatic win. Son also scored for his country South Korea during the side’s friendly game with the forward notching two goals. He edges Richarlison in the pick due to experience and how lethal he can be when he is on a good run of form. Conte would have no choice but to put his best team forward today and Son would likely get a chance or two. Bet9ja have 3.55 odds for him to score while Paripesa have 3.40.
Anytime Goalscorer (Arsenal)
The star Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus leads the attack for the Hammers. Jesus has scored 4 goals this season along with 3 assists and 3 big chances created. The center-forward has seven goal contributions in as many Premier League games this season, showing his effectiveness in the attacking third. While some of his finishes have been easier than others, some exhibit exactly how clinical he is. Tottenham will sit deep and allow Arsenal to try and break them down. When the chances do arise, they cannot afford to be squandered. Jesus is central to this. Bet9ja have 2.85 odds for him to score while Paripesa have 2.70.
Another Brazilian seems to have shown the faith the manager has in him this season. He is starting to live up to the hype Arsenals fans started when he was signed for the club, he had enough rest as he was not selected by Brazil this break. He has the second most goals for Arsenal this season in the PL with three goals and he has played impressively this season. The Tottenham game would surely need a big step up in his performance but we are sure of him making a very good impact in today’s game. Bet9ja have 3.35 odds for him to score while Paripesa have 3.00.
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